The earthquake took place off the coast of Miyagi, about 60 kilometers deep. According to the Japan Meteorological Agency, a one-meter high tsunami can occur.
A 7.2 magnitude earthquake on the Ritcher open scale shook northeast Japan today, prompting Japanese authorities to declare a tsunami warning in Miyagi prefecture. According to the Japan Meteorological Agency, the earthquake occurred at 18:09 local time on Saturday, with its epicenter in the sea off the coast of Miyagi and about 60 kilometers deep.
This body also warned of the risk of a one-meter high tsunami occurring in the same northeastern Japanese prefecture. The Japanese television NHK reported a rise in the sea of approximately that height recorded a few minutes after the Miyagi earthquake. At the same time, the authorities warned that successive tidal waves of greater height could occur.
The earthquake in Miyagi reached the top 5 levels on the Japanese scale, with a maximum of 7 and more focused on the affected areas than the earthquake’s intensity. In other northeast Japan regions, the earthquake was level 5 on that scale, while in the Tokyo metropolitan area, where the earthquake was felt strongly, it was level 3.
In Fukushima prefecture, where the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant is located, level 5 was also reached, and at the moment, the plant operator is analyzing whether the earthquake caused any damage, according to NHK. The situation is also being assessed at the Fukushima Daiini plant, which has been inoperative since the nuclear disaster caused by the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami and other nuclear power plants in the affected regions.
According to the aforementioned state media, the Japanese Executive has summoned an emergency team to collect the available information. The epicenter of the earthquake was located in an area close to the one that originated the 9.1 magnitude earthquake on the Ritcher scale of March 11, 2011, which caused a tsunami that devastated northeast Japan and triggered the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident.
February 14, there was another earthquake of magnitude 7.3 on the Richter scale off the coast of Fukushima. Experts from JMA could be a replica of the 2011 and would be succeeded by similar tremors.